With the continuing emphasis on giving people the ability to remain in their homes for as long as possible, housebuilders are being offered a new resource to create lifetime home friendly bathrooms.
Under updated design criteria for lifetime homes, bathrooms should be designed to be accessible, and provision should be made for the structure to be able to accommodate any future provision of a ceiling hoist, particularly between bedroom and bathroom.
To help architects, social housing providers and builders get it right from the outset, Clos-o-Mat – Britain’s leader in the provision of disabled and elderly toilet solutions in and out of the home – has produced a new white paper – Design Guidance & Considerations for a Domestic Accessible Toilet/Wetroom.
The white paper covers everything from adequate space to maneouvre a wheelchair through the role of colour and texture to the structural considerations to accommodate personal care assistive technology.
Clos-o-Mat moving and handling expert Kelvin Grimes, commented:
“Our population is ageing and growing heavier. We already have over 1/4million people who cannot move around their home so the role of ceiling hoists in domestic environments is only going to grow.
“Yet a little thought at the design stage makes it much easier to adapt the home as the occupants’ needs change- even something as simple as peninsular location of the WC, and positioning bedroom and bathroom doors adjacent to each other.
“Our white paper aims to make the whole process as easy as possible. And if required, we can supply, install, commission and service/maintain the equipment too, so customers have the reassurance of one experienced point of contact for the whole process.”
Clos-o-Mat’s ceiling track (X/Y) hoists can carry up to 200kg (31 stone), and enable the person to be lifted and then moved to where the carer requires-from one room to another, over a bed, chair, toilet, shower seat, or changing bench. The hoists are designed to support the user as needed, and be simple for the carer to operate.
The hoists compliment the company’s range of accessible bathroom technology, including the brand-leading wash/dry toilet, the Palm Vita, which is also the only unit of its kind developed specifically for elderly & disabled users.
Since its foundation over 50 years ago, Clos-o-Mat has provided over 40,000 wash/dry toilets throughout the UK. It is unique in its sector in having British manufacturing supported by in-house technical and after-sales support.
The white paper is available for download, alongside a raft of CAD blocks for domestic and commercial toilet and washroom environments, and associated technical data at Clos-o-Mat’s website.